|IRIS (director: Albert Maysles; cinematographer: Albert Maysles/Nelson Walker III/Sean Price Williams; editor: Paul Lovelace; music: Steve Gunn/Justin Tripp; cast: Carl Apfel, Iris Apfel; Runtime: 79; MPAA Rating: PG-13; producers: Laura Coxson/Rebekah Maysles/Jennifer Ash Rudick; Magnolia Pictures; 2015)|
|"The last documentary by
the late great documentarian Albert
by Dennis Schwartz
documentary by the late great documentarian Albert
Maysles ("Gimme Shelter"/"In
Transit"/"Salesman"). One 87-year-old films another
senior citizen in her nineties, as fashion icon Iris
Apfel is the subject of Maysles' latest. Dressed in
her signature flamboyant wardrobe, the pic is all
smiles and charm. The ill-effects of old age are kept
off screen for the most part, except for a few
kvetches from the lady. The elegant lady leaves us
with the messages that 'it's better to be
happy than to be well dressed’ and that 'one must be
true to oneself,' as she joyfully escorts us around
her spacious Park Avenue digs and her less gaudy
Florida digs. She also comments on her happy long
marriage to Carl, whom she married in 1948.
The pic's centerpiece centers on a 2005 museum exhibition of Iris' collection of clothing and accessories, which opened its traveling tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
REVIEWED ON 11/5/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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